Paper Bags Vs Plastic Packaging
Wholesale brown paper bags are a common requirement for businesses offering physical products and although their benefits are clear for all to see, they are still outnumbered 10 to 1 by plastic alternatives. Perhaps it is simply habit, or maybe it has more to do with the number of plastic bag manufacturers out there – but the fact is that paper bags offer a far greater amount of benefits than their man-made counterparts.
But what are the differences between these two types of packaging? Here’s a closer look at the main benefits and disadvantages of both types.
The truth about plastic packaging
As cheap as plastic bags are to manufacture, there’s a reason for this low cost. They can be manufactured in bulk with little to no care for the environment – and then sold on to buyers in their thousands. Once used, this puts thousands of bags out into the environment, whether they’ve been recycled or not.
This volume of bags has contributed drastically to the poor condition of our environments and as plastic will never decompose, the bags that have been scattered around Australia will still be taking their toll on vital habitats. Considering the thousands of bags that are being produced each and every day, this situation is only expected to get worse as time goes by.
On the other hand, plastic packaging is waterproof and relatively durable, making it a viable choice when shopping for wet or frozen products and goods. This is possibly the only advantage that these bags have over their brown paper alternatives, of which we will get to know a little more about below.
Why choose brown paper bags?
Just like plastic bags, paper ones are available to buy as wholesale products – making them just as readily available. The process to create paper bags is quite arduous, but when broken down, the benefits speak for themselves. On average, a single tree used to manufacture thousands of paper bags will require three to four years to fully dry.
During this time, new trees can be planted, making the manufacturing as environmentally friendly as it is renewable. Another major benefit is that paper packages are 100% bio-degradable. This means that even if they aren’t disposed of properly, the composition will still decompose and breakdown, before returning to the soil where all organic compounds belong.
The cost of paper packaging used to be quite high, as the machinery used would have been far more expensive to run. These days, buying in bulk from a wholesale provider is the most cost effective way to purchase paper bags – as they will typically utilise advanced cutting tools that can churn out packaging as efficiently as plastic alternatives.
Where plastic needs to be heated, blown and then shaped, paper simply needs cutting and pressing – offering a faster rate of production, and one that is now reflected in the lower price tag when purchasing in bulk. Overall, paper is more environmentally friendly, functional and cost effective, so it’s no wonder why businesses are considering them a viable alternative to their more harmful plastic equivalent.